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» The owner of an COPEN­HAGEN am­a­teur-built sub­ma­rine was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der Fri­day af­ter his ves­sel sank off Den­mark’s coast and a jour­nal­ist who had joined him for what was sup­posed to be a short voy­age was re­ported miss­ing, Copen­hagen po­lice said.

Po­lice said in a state­ment Fri­day night that the man de­nied killing the miss­ing woman and re­ported he dropped her off on a re­de­vel­oped is­land in Copen­hagen’s har­bor about 3½ hours into their Thurs­day night trip.

The state­ment did not iden­tify the sub­ma­rine’s owner, Peter Mad­sen, 46, but the Dan­ish in­ven­tor’s fi­nanc­ing of the project through crowd­fund­ing and first launch of the UC3 Nau­tilus in 2008 made head­lines.

The 40-ton, 60-foot-long ves­sel has been de­scribed as the largest pri­vately built sub­ma­rine of its kind.

Be­fore his ar­rest, Mad­sen ap­peared on Dan­ish tele­vi­sion to dis­cuss the sub­ma­rine’s sink­ing and his res­cue. It was the jour­nal­ist’s boyfriend who alerted au­thor­i­ties early Fri­day that the sub had not re­turned from a test run, po­lice said.

The woman was a jour­nal­ist writ­ing about Mad­sen and his sub­ma­rine.

In an April 2008 file photo, sub­ma­rine owner Peter Mad­sen stands in­side his ves­sel.

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